Nifong the Ghostwriter?
On September 16th, one "Jimmy D. Haynes" had the following "Letter to Bob Ashley" published in the Durham Herald-Sun:
This is in response to Debrah Correll's letter of September 7.
If no rape occurred at the Duke lacrosse party, as she claims, perhaps she can tell us why 40 lacrosse players refused to cooperate with the police investigation on this case and why not one of them has come forward to support the alibis of the defendants.
If these 40 players are granted immunity and called to testify at the trial they will have no other choice than to tell us what they know. I believe a declaration of innocence for the defendants is premature.
None of the defendants have proven they were not at the scene of the crime when it occurred. They have only proven they left in a hurry because they knew they needed an alibi.
I have known District Attorney Mike Nifong for over 15 years. I have found him to be a trustworthy, honest and reliable person. He is doing what a good district attorney is supposed to do. He will get the job done.
JIMMY D. HAYNES
September 16, 2006
The following is my Letter to Bob Ashley, submitted for publication thirty seconds ago. I wonder if he'll print it. I do fear that I have run afoul of the "250 word limit" guideline :
The September 16 letter of "Jimmy D. Haynes" is so full of misleading falsehoods that I must conclude one of three things:
1) His real name is Michael B. Nifong;
2) His real name is Bob Ashley, or;
3) His real name is "Liar."
Contrary to Mr. "Haynes" assertion that "40 lacrosse players refused to cooperate with the police investigation," is the truth: On March 16th, the three players who shared the subject house, willingly and without requesting counsel, spoke to police officers at the residence for hours, assisted officers' search of the premises, went to the police station without attorneys to give formal statements, offered to take polygraph tests, and voluntarily submitted to DNA sampling. A week later, in response to an unconstitutional Order mandating that all but one member of the team give DNA samples, "all 47 players had gathered...to hear their lawyer, Bob Ekstrand, tell them what they needed to do. Ekstrand was about to tell the players that they could appeal the order as "overbroad," too sweeping in its scope, when the players got up and started heading for their cars to drive downtown to the police station. (The team's one black player was not required to go; the accuser, who is black, claimed her attackers were white.)" -- Newsweek, June 29, 2006 issue.
Contrary to Mr. "Haynes" assertions, two of the accused lacrosse players, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, have air-tight alibis proving that they were nowhere near the house when the false accuser fell down drunk. The third was concededly there. The crimes charged against him, however, never happened. Indeed, they are but the "fantastic lies" of a troubled sex industry worker and a dishonorable District Attorney, who framed The Duke Three, inflamed racial tensions in Durham and used, yes, U-S-E-D, the African American community to wrest the primary election from the woman, Freda Black, he had fired but a year earlier.
Contrary to Mr. "Haynes" misunderstanding of the Constitution, the defendants need not prove anything. Michael B. Nifong must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the three men whose lives he has irreparably damaged were all in the same bathroom, at the same time, beating, kicking, choking and 3-input raping the false accuser for approximately thirty minutes. He can't. And he won't.
I offer condolences to Mr. "Haynes" upon learning of his long association with Mr. Nifong. As my dad used to say when I, too, was but an impressionable youngster: "Show me your friends and I'll tell you what you are."
Michael F. McCusker
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
September 18, 2006
Please send you own letters to Mr. Ashley via the one hyperlink found in this post. Thank you.
Update: The Herald Sun is going to publish my letter! And they corresponded so quickly to let me know the good news! I was a bit disappointed, of course, to learn that they are invoking editorial privilege, but only so as to bring my original offering within the 250 word limit. All-in-all, I must say I am pleasantly surprised at the care taken by Mr. Ashley's staff to fairly reflect my original thoughts. Herewith, my letter, as it will appear in hard copy later this week:
Thank you for your letter to the editor. We've edited your submission just a bit to bring it within the 250 word limit. Hope you don't mind. we believe this edited version (just a few words removed and added here and there) still fairly represents your thoughts. Look for it to be published later this week. Thank you for your interest and loyalty to the H/S.
Re: The September 16 letter of "Jimmy D. Haynes"
I must conclude:
Mr. "Haynes" assertion that "40 lacrosse players refused to cooperate with the police investigation," is the truth. On March 16th, the three players who shared the subject house, willingly “gathered...” When the players got up and started heading for their cars to drive, two of the accused lacrosse players, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, fell down drunk. The third was concededly there.
Indeed, they are but "fantastic liars". The Duke Three, inflamed racial tensions in Durham and used, yes, U-S-E-D, the African American community.
Mr. "Haynes" understanding of the Constitution is right on, Michael B. Nifong need not prove anything.
I offer condolences to the three defendants upon learning of their long association with other lacrosse players. As my dad used to say when I, too, was but an impressionable youngster: "Show me your friends and I'll tell you what you are."
Thanks to Anonymous 8:12 for the hipping me to the good news. (I know who you are!)
I can't believe it! I'm going to be published in a real live newspaper!!
Update, 19 September:
Rodney Turner's Rebuttal:
Rich white males are America's new victims
Jimmy Haynes, [Letters, Sept. 16] like Mike Nifong, apparently has not been paying attention to the evidence in the Duke lacrosse hoax. Haynes says that if the defendants are innocent then why have they not come forward to support the alibis of the wrongly accused. They have come forward. All of the players have signed affidavits stating no rape occurred. And in the beginning, the three residents of the house fully cooperated with police without legal council and all three offered to take polygraph test.
I guess to Haynes, unless they lied and told authorities what Haynes wants to hear, then they are not cooperating. The Duke players were cooperating until they realized District Attorney Mike Nifong was not interested in the evidence, just like Haynes. Nifong had a primary election to win. Anyone that has been actually following the case would realize that there is not one. There is not one piece of evidence that supports a rape.
The only people that are supporting this travesty are people with agendas (race, sex or class) or individuals that are ignorant of the evidence. Just because the characters in this fiasco do not support the sex or color of society's definition of victimization does not mean it is not an injustice.
Just like Jews and blacks in the world's history the new group that society blindly allows people with agendas to discriminate against is rich white males.
September 19, 2006